Whitney, TX Tornado Destruction, May 1971


Whitney, Tex. (UPI) -- A tornado slashed through Whitney Sunday evening, ripping homes apart, tearing down trees and utility poles and dealing injuries and deaths.
The Department of Public Safety office in Austin said at least one person was killed and 30 to 35 persons were injured. The injured were taken to hospitals in Waco and Hillsboro.
The dead man was identified as JAMES CARROLL, 47, the occupant of a mobile home.
"There appears to be quite a bit of property damage, but we don't know yet how bad it is in terms of dollars and cents," the DPS spokesman said.
The DPS sent all available units to the town, a community of about 1,500 located 30 miles north of Waco in Hill County.
A man driving from the city told a reporter driving into the city, "It really tore us up." The man said three to four persons had been killed, but the reports were not verified by officials.
Bill Woodside, a resident of the city, said roofs were blown off houses and phone lines were knocked down.
The tornado struck from one of numerous thunderstorms which assaulted Texas with hail and high winds Sunday afternoon and evening.

The Argus Fremont California 1971-05-24